Nickls (1882) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Tan head, and purely dark brown. Fair amount of hops in the aroma, grapefruit, wood, and roasty maltiness. Earthy flavors, dark roasted malt and a bit of smoke and dark fruits. Warming, viscous and oily. Solid.
BeerandBlues2 (9997) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Nickls. Pours black with a medium, fizzy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (nutty, roast, toast, biscuit), average hops (grassy, herbal), and average esters (fruity) with notes of earth, mushrooms, and prunes. Flavor is heavy malt (nutty, roast, toast, biscuit), average hops (grassy, herbal), and average esters (fruity) with notes of earth, mushrooms, coffee, and prunes. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation with a dry finish. Very earthy beer.
GT2 (8693) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2011 180mL red wax 2010 ed bottle #555 with a big thanks to nickls for sharing! What a treat. Tsarina Esra pours a tepid to flat muddy brown with heavy opacity. Not super enticing. The aroma is very interesting: orange dark chocolate, potpourri, heavy clove and dried citrus peel, mild cognac/Grand Marnier, spiced rum, orange liquor. Taste is soft, spicy, dark chocolate bitter, big orange spice and cognac. Palate is rich, soft, oily, full. Would like some more! 5/9/2011 8/3/7/4/15=3.7
180mL 2009 ed bottle. The pour is a tawny deep ruby with a thick, brown head erupting (almost impossible to pour a bottle this small and generate a head- but it can be done). Sticky lace. Nose is red licorice but opens up into cinnamon and fudge. Taste is silky, milk chocolate, heavy fudge and brownies. Very rich and silky palate. 7/13/2011 8/4/7/5/15=3.9
phredrik (1010) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAY 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Svend, consumed at 4 years of age. Pours deep, deep opaque brown, nice light brown head. Aroma has brown sugar, chocolate, fudge, caramel, sherry-like, hints of figs, dates and coffee. Taste has brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, sherry notes, figs, dates, coffee and roast, very sweet. Could use a bit more hoppiness to balance some of the sweetness. But really nice aside from that.
madsberg (10435) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Small quite fluffy light brown head. Aroma of liqourice, roast, caramel some vanilla. Flavour of roast, liqourice, caramel, herbs, some flowers, spice and then some. Medium to full bodied. Has a roasty and spiced bitterness in the end. Smooth alcoholbite on lips and palate. Very good.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
7oz nub bottle, pours black without a head. Rich roasty aroma, coffee. Very rich SIP, very roasty, warming inside. Slightly earthy. Sweet chocolate comes out as the glass warms. Very nice.
drowland (6135) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
4/15/11. 18cL bottle courtesy mlunger12! Cloudy, not quite opaque black pour with creamy edges and a small ring of tan head that fades to nothing almost instantly. Alcohol on the aroma with plenty of ash and roasted malt and coffee in the background. Much nicer flavor of sweet chocolate, ash, big roasted malts, and lingering coffee. Alcohol is hidden well in the flavor, but not in the aroma. Very nice flavor!
Cuso (4974) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 0,18l from Bierkompass. Dark brown color with almost no beige head. Aroma strongly fruity, caramel, vanilla, licorice. Taste, dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Nice long coffee like bitter finish. Alcohol is strongly present. Nice bee. I’d like to have bigger bottle of this.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
18cl bottle poured into a tulip, bottle # 1167...Pours a dark brown with a light tan had, rises about two fingers, but gone right away. Spotty lacing...A very strong aroma of alcohol, black licorice, but it sweet, yet I’m not thrilled...The taste pulls this out, super complexity. There is still lots of alcohol, this could use some time before drinking. The taste is very vinous, I would assume this was aged in red wine barrels but I can’t find anything to indicate that. A sweet start, red wine, then a bitter coffee finish. A very tannic feel. Enjoyable to drink, but this is a sipper.
BeerBaboon (1611) - FINLAND - MAR 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown, not much head. Aroma of coffee, salmiac, some vanilla, medicinal schnapps and fireplace. Very slippery mouthfeel. Taste is vanilla, coffee and more medicinal herbs. Licorice is there too. I can definitely feel the saaz in this one.